College cricket's best take centre stage in London
London will play host to the best campus cricketers from around the world, with teams from eight countries taking part in this year's world finals of the Red Bull Campus Cricket competition.
Leeds Bradford MCC (UK), University of New South Wales (Australia), University of Liberal Arts (Bangladesh), Rizvi College (India), Karachi University (Pakistan), Assupol Tukkies (South Africa), International College of Business and Technology (Sri Lanka) and Jamaica (West Indies) are the eight teams who will contest the competition which will be held in a round-robin format from July 21 to 26.
The group stages, scheduled till July 23, will be held at the Wormsley Cricket Ground, while The Oval will host finals day, on July 26.
Theunis de Bruyn, the 21-year-old batsman who plays for Titans, and Aiden Markram, who captained the South Africa Under-19 team to World Cup glory in February this year, are some of the stars who will take part in the Twenty20 tournament.
"There will always be sportsmen and sportswomen who develop only in their twenties," the tournament's sporting director and ICC match referee, Chris Broad, said. "So, the chance that Red Bull Campus Cricket gives players [who have not been part of their country's age-group cricket system] is to showcase their stuff."
England fast bowler Stuart Broad, who himself will be battling it out at The Oval against India later this summer, echoed his father Chris' opinion. "Red Bull Campus Cricket provides a great platform for cricketers to compete on a world stage," he said. "They are challenging themselves against the best with the opportunity to win not only the tournament, but perhaps a professional contract."